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From: Kiel, Germany
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posted 07-12-2006 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for contra   Click Here to Email contra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Around the World in 84 Days
The Authorized Biography of Skylab Astronaut Jerry Carr
by David Shayler
For 84 days Jerry Carr orbited the Earth on board the American space station Skylab. As commander of Skylab 4 the third and final residency the mission set a new World endurance record of 2017 hrs 16 min which was not surpassed by the Russians until 1978 and not by another American astronaut until 1995. Had events taken a different course Carr he could have become the 16th man to walk on the moon as Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 19, but that flight was cancelled in budget cuts. Despite loosing the moon Carr feels very fortunate to have commanded the longest flight in history at that time. Wernher von Braun once told Carr that Skylab 4 was his choice of a preferred mission in the development of long term space exploration. As we look at utilising the International Space Station for a return to the moon and the first human flights to Mars, the importance of Skylab 4 in the larger programme becomes apparent. This book recounts not only the story of the pioneering mission of Skylab 4 but also the personal achievements of its commander both before entering the astronaut programme and after leaving it. With the full assistance of Jerry Carr, his family and colleagues his very special journey can be shared not only aboard Skylab but in life before and after a spaceflight.

Colonel Gerald P. Carr USMC (retired) commanded the third and final mission to America's space station Skylab that set a new world endurance record that was not surpassed by American astronauts for over 21 years. Born in Denver Colorado in 1932 he gained a degree in mechanical engineering and two in aeronautical engineering and served as an operational USMC jet pilot for over a decade. Selected for the astronaut programme by NASA in April 1966 he received technical assignments in the development of the Apollo Lunar Module and Lunar Roving Vehicle and served on the support crews for Apollo 8 and 12. Originally selected to serve as backup Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 16 in 1971 and fly to the Moon as Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 19 during 1972 the mission was cancelled in 1970 and with it Carr lost the chance to walk on the Moon. Reassigned to the Skylab programme on 16 November 1973 Jerry Carr, Ed Gibson and Bill Pogue were launched on the 84 day Skylab 4 mission. During three months in space, Carr and his crew logged over 1563 hours in experiment research time, completed 1214 orbits taking over 19,000 frames of Earth observation photography and 73,300 frames of the sun. Carr also participated in three of the four EVAs totalling 15 hrs 51 minutes space walking experience. After several technical assignments involved in the development of the Space Shuttle, Carr left NASA in 1977 to become a professional engineer and consultant, and subsequently setting up Camus a family business which provided consultancy to the space industry in the development of space stations and exploring the moon and Mars In 1998 he retried from Camus to devote his full time to assisting his artist wife Pat Musick with her highly successful career and art business in rural Arkansas.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 10-16-2008 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received today an advanced review copy of "Around the World in 84 Days". The book includes an introduction by Jerry Carr, a foreword by Bill Pogue and a DVD with training footage narrated by Carr.

The copy I received is a softcover, but I note Apogee is now taking orders for a limited hardcover signed by Carr (shipping a bonus title, "Around The World in 65 Days").

Mike Isbell

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posted 10-19-2008 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I purchased a copy at the NCASE symposium yesterday. My copy is a hardcover.


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posted 10-21-2008 08:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I HATE softback books so I ordered a h/b from Apogee. With delivery to the UK it cost $90 signed.

Dave emailed me to say that the h/b copies are only available in the US.


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posted 05-03-2009 08:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone care to offer a review of this book? It has been out for a while now, but I have not heard much about it ...

John Capobianco
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posted 05-04-2009 05:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lasv3   Click Here to Email Lasv3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got the hardcover book signed by Jerry Carr from Apogee. David Shayler delivered a great reading as usually, the book is well and logically structured covering all periods of Jerry Carr's life including his post-Skylab and post-NASA times. The flight itself is covered in great detail using the extracts from Jerry's diary written during his flight. One chapter is dedicated to the lost chance to fly to the Moon when NASA cancelled Apollo 19. As a back-up LMP of Apollo 16 Jerry Carr would probably land on the Moon if original plans would stay intact.

A substantial part of the flight coverage is dedicated to explain the tension between the crew and Mission Control Center originating in the not always proper workload planning, mainly in the first month of the flight when the crew suffered from the adaptation syndromes and fell behind the plan heavily.

The book is accompanied by the DVD (shipped separately) containing the documentaries on the program and Jerry Carr's training footage.

Not many books have been written on the Skylab programme and this one not only fills the gap but is an excellent document based on the firsthand informations of the direct participant.

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